Honestly, that can look a lot of different ways. I’ve talked about this in other discussions (Bri, please link for me!!) But here are three quick rules:
- Communicate well and set clear expectations, meet them, and then provide a little more.
- Respect actor’s time - understand that sitting and waiting to be used is not easy or relaxing. It’s more like being stuck at the doctor’s office.
- Give room to socialize and to rehearse.
After the basics (food, water, shelter, bathroom), 3 is probably the most overlooked. It’s not always possible to provide it, for understandable reasons, but if you aren’t paying actors or aren’t paying a lot and you’re asking a lot in terms of time commitment, it can really help morale if your actors don’t feel like they are trapped in a library, a few feet away from set, scared to talk, move, bite into a crunchy chip, or whatever.
Space to have some privacy is another nice luxury that more indie sets could probably provide. It can be exhausting for some actors, especially introverts, to be stuck in a group area for hours having to make small talk and stuff and then suddenly be asked to get to set and perform.
For me, the ideal indie set can look a lot of ways, but after the basics, I definitely think having my own space to make a little camp for myself, away from things, where I can feel like I’m out of the way and I can have a little privacy is really nice.